Italian Quinoa With Sun Dried Tomatoes and Pinenuts

Italian Quinoa With Sun Dried Tomatoes and Pinenut

I have a confession to make…I love Italian food! From a rich Italian pasta dish, all the way to a tasty tiramisu. Italian meals just hold a special place in my heart. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that when my husband and I first got together we would try a new Italian restaurant every chance we could get. Then at the end of a romantic meal we would share a piece of tiramisu deliberating over the flavors and discussing how it held up to the last one we had enjoyed.

That all changed when I found out that I needed to be gluten free. The first Italian restaurant that I went to for an anniversary dinner turned into a total disaster. Even though I ordered from their gluten free menu, fifteen minutes out the door I started to feel sick and we had to cut our night short and return home.

While I haven’t given up on finding a decent gluten free Italian restaurant in the area, I have started cooking more Italian food at home. This recipe is a healthy version of Italian cooking, substituting pasta with quinoa for a unique taste combination. It’s an easy one pan dish to make, and will help satisfy an Italian food craving. Be sure to check back with us as I post more delicious gluten free Italian recipes, and I hope you enjoy my Italian quinoa With sun dried tomatoes and pine nuts.

Italian Quinoa With Sun Dried Tomatoes and Pinenuts
 
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A healthy version of Italian style cooking with delicious quinoa, sun dried tomatoes, pine nuts, and green beans.
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Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 2 Tbls olive oil divided
  • ½ small onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves chopped
  • ½ cup pine nuts
  • 1 cup quinoa rinsed
  • ½ cup sundried tomatoes chopped
  • 1 160z can of stewed tomatoes
  • 1 cup fresh green beans or snow pea pods
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 1½ tsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 Tbls sun dried tomatoe pesto
Instructions
  1. Add onion & garlic to 1 tbls of oil and saute until onion is transparent
  2. Add pinenuts and roast till lightly golden brown
  3. Add 1 more Tbls of oil and quinoa.
  4. Stir to coat quinoa with oil
  5. Pour in chicken broth and the rest of the ingredients.
  6. Mix well
  7. Bring to boil then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes
Notes
You can substitute snow pea pods for the green beans in this recipe.

 

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Ahhh love sweet love. You know the one I’m talking about, the love you have with chocolate. Personally, I’ve had a love affair with chocolate for as long as I can remember. Maybe it was the chocolate Easter bunnies I used to get as a kid. Or the chocolate cake my mom would bake for special occasions. And who can forget snowy nights sleigh riding with friends and a cup of hot coco with marshmallows. Oh yes, chocolate, you made me love you! There is no doubt that this love affair will last till the end of time, because frankly I can’t get enough. That is why I thought it fitting that our first recipe on A Dish N Thyme should include chocolate.

These gluten free chocolate chip cookie bars are amazingly easy to whip up, and it will taste like you’ve spent hours in the kitchen putting them together. They’re so good that my family had them gone in the first couple of hours. So sneak out an extra cookie bar for yourself and put it away for the next day before you serve them, or you will be very disappointed looking at the leftover cookie crumbs in the pan.

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars side view

In making these gluten free chocolate chip cookie bars I used Lillabee gluten free cake mix, but you can use whatever gluten free yellow cake mix you have on hand. By using a cake mix you cut your time way down, and who couldn’t use a shortcut or two in the kitchen? Now for the bad news…this recipe only makes a brownie size pan full of goodness. Yep they never put enough cake mix in those darn gluten free boxes so if you need more you will have to double the recipe which means buying two gluten free cake mixes.Then again, this could keep you from going into chocolate overload (if there is such a thing) so maybe it’s not such a bad thing after all.

Chocolate Cheers!

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
 
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A quick and delicious gluten free chocolate chip cookie bar made with a gluten free cake mix. When you need dessert fast this does the trick.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 box Lillabee gluten free yellow cake mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 5 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup of flake coconut
  • 1 cup of gluten free chocolate chips (we used "Enjoy Life")
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Empty cake mix into bowl.
  2. Add coconut and chocolate chips stir together.
  3. Add melted butter, vanilla and eggs. Stir together. Mixture will be really thick
  4. Pour batter into a 10x10 greased brownie sized pan.
  5. Bake 25 to 30 minutes until lightly golden brown on top